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In 2006  Kate Press and Kaye Mitchell came up with the idea of a family reunion.  On the 31st August, 2008 the first Gorsuch Reunion, in Australia, took place in the small township of Woodend, Victoria. 

 Eighty adults and children, all descendants of John & Susan Gorsuch (nee Hayward) of Chichester, Sussex, England met together at the Holgate Brewhouse at Keatings  Hotel.

Sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews renewed contact with names such as

Aubert, Ballard, Bowes, Brown, Cooke, Dawson, Deller, Franke, Fry, Geddess, Gray, Greenwood, Hando, Hogan, Holland, Langrish, Mills, Mitchell, Perry, Peters, Press, Solomon, Voller & Watson.

Of John and Susanís three children, Frances, Edward William and Charles William and one great grandchild, William John who immigrated to Australia, only descendants of Edward and Charles were in attendance.

 Edward and Emily Gorsuch (nee Barnes) immigrated to Australia aboard the Carntyne in 1853 and they had 10 children.  Of these 10 children 6 married and 5 of them, Edward William II, Rosina, Stephen Hayward II, Emily and Susan Harriett  had children of their own.  These 5 children all had descendants attend the reunion there were  eleven of their grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, eleven great great grandchildren and one great great great grandchild.  

 Charles William Gorsusch who fought in the American Civil War prior to immigrating to Australia, married Janet Pollock Fleming in 1870 and they had three children, George Washington, Annie Christina and Florence Mary.  Of their three children only two, George Washington and Florence Mary, had descendants at the reunion.  There were six of their grandchildren, three great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

 Family members came from as far away as Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania and they used this opportunity to catch up with their parents and siblings who some hadnít seen in quite awhile.  

 A powerpoint presentation about the history of the Gorsuch family and photographs of our ancestors and current family members was played during the afternoon.  Also a book about the Gorsuch family in Australia was available for family members to purchase.

 The emails  received since the reunion indicate that people did have a very enjoyable time so all the hard work of tracking down relatives was certainly worthwhile.

 Another reunion is being planned for  2012.

 

  

 Gorsuch History

About 15 kilometers north of Liverpool, England and 6 kilometres n.w. of Ormskirk on the A560, lies the small village of Scarisbrick, and the ruins of Scarisbrick Hall. The land around is flat and is the home of thousands of pink- footed geese.

The geese are not new to the area. About 800 years ago, Scarisbrick was the estate of yeoman farmer, Walter de Scarisbrick. Walter had to sons, Henry his heir, and Adam. As the estate would pass to the elder son, Walter assigned land to Adam at a place called Gosfordsyke, (meaning the place where the geese ford the creek). Thus the name derived from the younger son, Adam de Gosfordsyke, a name which has appeared since in varying forms in old records _ forms such as Goseford, Gosfordsiche, Gorwiche, Gossage, Gorstitch, Gorsuk, Gorsuch and Goruch.

In the early years of the 20th century a Gorsuch family was still living at Scarisbrick and there is a lane named Gorsuch Lane. The Gorsuch family has spread to most counties in England and many places around the globe. Branches have emigrated to Maryland, USA, to Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Gorsuch Name Variants

Gorsuch/Gorsuk/Gossage (and other variants), are all from the same origin. The family has lived in and around Liverpool since the year 800.

 

Gorsuch Hall and Estate

The boundaries of Gosfordsyke estate in the time of Adam Gosfordsyke were defined thus:

"From the head of the Gosford Syke (Creek/Stream), along the Syke to, and then along, the boundary between Renacres (in Halsall) and Scarisbrick, to the place where the White Syke falls into Senekar Syke; then by the corner of Adam's ditch to the starting point." A document around 1645 states that the Gorsuch estate comprised a messuage (a dwelling house), 50 acres of land, 10 acres of pasture, and 10 acres of meadow. A survey of 1653 describes the house as having a (dining) hall, a kitchen, a larder, two butteries, and seven other lower rooms. In addition there was a long upper room (described as a chapel chamber), four other upper rooms and four closets. Out houses included a wash house, a mill house, (by then decayed) a six bay brick kiln house, a five bay slated barn, nine bays of other out houses, together with gardens and orchards, courts and a milking yard.

 

 

 

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